I am excited to be participating in Touring Through Blogland! I was invited by Kathy at Creative Home Expressions.
Kathy starting blogging in December of 2007! She lives in Ohio with her hubs of 29 years. She's a Mom and Grandma (certainly doesn't look it). Kathy loves to decorate, and she's a pro at creating and repurposing.
Kathy just participated in Where Bloggers Create...head over to view where her creative inspiration blossoms. She also has a great series, The Artist Behind the Etsy. The series introduces you to some of the creative people, finding out where they find their inspiration, and a little bit more about them. I have found Etsy dealers I would not have found otherwise.
OK. . . . let the tour begin!
The four questions I'm to answer are:
1) What are you working on right now?
Well, too many things actually! A little bit of advice...don't' work on three major projects at one time!
A large project has been bringing our cottage garden back to where she was two years ago. I was sick/surgery which left me not even stepping in my garden last year. I never realized how fast a garden can get "away" from you.
It's taking a lot of time, hard work and love, but she is once again shinning!
We've also been working on a kitchen updo...
In the background mix is our deck updo, no pictures to share, but it's finished, I just haven't had time to post the process.
2) How does my work differ from others in this genre?
In every way! First I think of blogging as more of a creative process. The work comes in when your doing projects requiring manual labor! My blog is about our smaller cottage 1929 Charmer. Showcasing her through budget friendly cottage decorating. You do not have to spend big bucks to get a magazine worthy home!
My cottage home encompasses a relaxed style and welcoming atmosphere by not being a perfectionist which stifles my creativity. Life is meant to be enjoyed and how can one do that when being stressed out with everything looking perfect?
Since I don't consider myself like anyone else, that in of itself, makes My 1929 Charmer blog different. I was the owner and lead chef of my own personal chef business for 15 years so I incorporate cooking in my genre.
Also an University of Illinois Certified Master Gardener started a Master Gardening Series.
I'm happy to say next year there will be 2 more Master Gardeners joining the series to share our knowledge with others. Our goal is to help others become Master Gardeners of their gardens too!
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
When I retired my personal chef business I went in to creative withdrawal that being a chef provided. As I started reading and following home/design bloggers I was drawn in by the "neighborhood" atmosphere amongst blogging.
It allows me to share my passions with other like minder passioners! One other love I have is my love of needlework. . . sewing, crewel, embroidery, quilting, knitting and crocheting.
So I joined in on the bandwagon in April 2011. I like the friendships created though blogging. It's also exciting to be among other who are as "inspired" as I am to share our creativeness in a genre that "gets" me!
4) How does your writing/creating process work?
My goal was to have finished posts already compiled for the incoming month. Guess what, that has never happened. . .. being a spontaneous personality just won't let me. How do I know what I what to do next month....I'm a fly by my pants kind of girl.
I try to keep my blog ever changing by intermixing, home decor projects, food, gardening, needlework and so on.
It's time to pass the Touring Across Blogland wand over to 3 ladies that really inspire me. I invited these ladies not only because they inspire me. . . but because they face the same challenges I do. We create and inspire others living in smaller spaces while making them our "home", we aren't Mcmansion owners.
The ladies will be sharing their tour on Monday, June 21st!
First up, Brenda at Cozy Little House
What can one say about this creatively inspiring woman. Brenda began blogging on the last day of 2008... and she is right...she was born to write. She definitely has the "gift" of words. She recently moved and is now living in a 700 sq. ft. apartment.
I'm drawn to her not only as a person, but her love of color. She incorporates color like no one else. Her style is unique and quite charming, elements of my own heart and in a small home. She also has a great love of gardening, and her patio garden holds it's weight against any "ground" garden.
Oh, and her photography skills surpass all.
Second, Rita at May Days
Rita began blogging in May, 2010. I consider Rita to be the organizing "diva" of all times. When I see how organized she is it make me feel, well, lacking in this area. I agree with Rita and Jane....“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” - Jane Austen
She also thinks that "thrifting is like a box of chocolate". Wow, a woman of my own heart. Can one describe the excitement of thrifting better than that? Rita has another blogs, Rita's Recipes, where she shares yummy food and recipes.
Rita is also a very charming woman who's smile can light up a room, and she's also pretty good at using waterlogue. Rita was kind enough to do watercolor on the Charmer, you can see it on my sidebar!
Third, Debra at Frugal Little Bungalow.
Another lovely lady created her blog in August 2013. Debra's blog is dedicated to small space living & small budget spending and basic
simple pleasures in life. Her blog also encompasses a bit of coping with and around “ordinary daily life”. I also agree with her thinking, "There is an interesting movement going on right now called ‘tiny houses’ and it is fascinating"!
Debra shoots the most beautiful nature photography photos and her quilting skills are outstandingly professional. So much so Debra has inspired me to start quilting after a 25 year hiatus.
She also has a second blog, Homespun that she started in late May 2012.
I hope you enjoyed the tour and make sure to check out the other tours Monday, July 21st!